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The Lake District

On the 10th July 2017, the Lake District received World Heritage Site status, positioning us alongside destinations such as the Taj Mahal, the Tower of London and the Great Barrier Reef. We welcome you to join us to celebrate this achievement and visit the UK’s largest World Heritage site.

The Lake District, Cumbria, is a region of incredible beauty famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heritage. The area is made up of ancient woodlands and forest, river valleys, lakes, mountains and simply stunning coastlines.

The North lakes is much wilder than the South, with the Skiddaw mountain range dominating the town of Keswick. The lush Borrowdale valley leads to the dramatic Honister mountain pass and into the natural lakes of Buttermere & Crummock. The South & Central Lake District has the charming villages of Grasmere & Hawkshead along with England's largest lake, Windermere.

Adventure seekers can head West to the higher ground of Great Langdale where the giant fells of Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and the highest peak, Scafell Pike, reside.

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Use the interactive map and click on the different towns shown below to expore and find out more about that area.

Lake District
Ambleside
Ambleside

Ambleside

Ambleside is ideally located in the centre of the Lake District. The town is situated at the North end of Windermere Lake and at the foot of the popular scenic route over Kirkstone Pass.
Bassenthwaite
Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite Lake, a finger of water lying tranquilly under the lofty bulk of Skiddaw, is indelibly linked with the spectacular sight of ospreys swooping over the lake and diving for fish in its waters.
Caldbeck
Caldbeck

Caldbeck

Caldbeck is one of the most beautiful and peaceful of all the Lakeland villages and is ideally situated for exploring the Lake District, the Scottish Borders, the Eden Valley and the North Pennines.
Coniston
Coniston

Coniston

Located on the banks of Coniston Water, in the shadow of the Coniston fells, the town was originally built to support the local slate quarrying and copper mining.
Grasmere and Rydal
Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere, cradled in a vale in the heart of the Lake District, is crowned with magnificent fells and mountains all around.
Hawkshead
Hawkshead

Hawkshead

Hawkshead has flourished from its beginnings as a Medieval market town. Today Hawkshead, with its car-free village centre, is the perfect place for the visitor to experience the 'real' Lake District.
Kendal Staveley and Lyth Valley
Kendal

Kendal, Staveley & Lyth Valley

The ‘Auld Grey Town' of Kendal, handsomely built in limestone, is the focal hub for shopping and culture in Lakeland.
Keswick and Borrowdale
Keswick and Borrowdale

Keswick & Borrowdale

It's central location makes Keswick the perfect place to stay when planning to explore the Lake District.
Langdale
Langdale

Langdale

The Langdale Valley is home to possibly one of the most well-known and well-walked mountain ranges in England.
Ullswater Valley
Ullswater Valley

Ullswater Valley

The glittering lake of Ullswater, extending from Pooley Bridge to Patterdale, is at the heart of this area.
Windermere and Newby Bridge
Windermere

Windermere & Newby Bridge

Windermere is the perfect Lakeland destination all year round. With the shores of the lake so close, you are never short of fantastic scenery or leisure activities.

Ambleside

The town of Ambleside is situated at the Northern end of England's largest lake, Windermere. It is a popular market town with a great central location in the national park.

HAWKSHEAD

The pretty little village of Hawkshead has close ties with famous author, Beatrix Potter and her infamous Peter Rabbit stories. Her old residence, Hill Top, is located 5 minutes away at Sawrey and is a popular tourist attraction.

What's On

The Strickland family seal

Cecilia's Story: A Life in Letters

Kendal

Sat 16 Mar - Sun 27 Oct 2019

Uncover the story of Sizergh’s 18th century lady of the house, Cecilia Strickland, as her experiences of love, loss and hope are brought to life inspired by her surviving letters.

©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Billie Buzzard’s wild garden trail

Grasmere

Thu 2 May - Fri 18 Oct 2019

Billie Buzzard is soaring overhead, floating on the breeze and watching all the comings and goings of the Allan Bank woodland garden. Can you find all the creatures that Billie Buzzard can see? Solve all the clues to win your prize.

©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Samuel Whiskers’ children’s trail

Sawrey

Wed 22 May - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Search for Samuel Whiskers and his ratty friends around Hill Top house and seek out hedgehogs in the garden as you follow the trail.

My Mother Said I Never Should

My Mother Said I Never Should

Keswick

Thu 23 May - Wed 30 Oct 2019

A warm, witty and yet bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom.

The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

Keswick

Fri 24 May - Wed 30 Oct 2019

The plan is simple: pull off the heist of the century while posing as a group of classical musicians.

The Children

The Children

Keswick

Thu 6 Jun - Fri 1 Nov 2019

Former nuclear scientists Hazel and Robin are enjoying the quiet life, feeding the cows and practising yoga, while the world around them is descending into chaos.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Keswick

Thu 6 Jun - Fri 1 Nov 2019

Little Voice has a hidden talent. Alone in her room with only her dead father’s record collection for company, she sings along with the greatest divas of the 20th century with a voice that’s pure gold.

Dear Uncle

Dear Uncle

Keswick

Thu 1 Aug - Sat 2 Nov 2019

Ennerdale in the Lake District, 1935. Sonya and Uncle Marcus live a quiet life with occasional visits from the dashing Dr Ash.

Guards at the Taj

Guards at the Taj

Keswick

Thu 8 Aug - Sat 2 Nov 2019

As dawn breaks on the final day of construction of the Taj Mahal, two hapless Imperial Guards must once again resist the urge to look at the most beautiful monument the world has ever seen – by order of the Emperor.

Treasure from Dust: the geology of John Ruskin

Treasure from Dust: the geology of John Ruskin

Coniston

Thu 8 Aug 2019 - Mon 31 Dec 2029

Ruskin could not resist the wonder he felt at the ability of the earth to form itself into crystalline treasures and spectacular mountain ranges.

Happenstance: Invisible In The Current

Happenstance

Coniston

Mon 2 Sep - Mon 11 Nov 2019

Informed and inspired by ideas of chaos and order, control and surrender, Russell Mills will exhibit new mixed media works and an ‘aleatoric’ soundwork, made specifically for Brantwood.

Alpaca's

Guided Alpaca Walks

Keswick

Fri 20 Sep 2019 - Tue 31 Mar 2020

Experience Whinlatter with a difference.

Grizedale Residency

Grizedale Residency Karolin Schwab & Ben Allan

Hawkshead

Thu 26 Sep - Sun 15 Dec 2019

Karolin Schwab and Ben Allan completed a six week residency at Grizedale.

Tell Me on a Sunday

Tell me on a Sunday

Windermere

Fri 4 - Sat 26 Oct 2019

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic Tell Me on a Sunday is a one-woman show that charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl in New York in the heady days of the 1980s.

NEW:   Water Babies

Water Babies

Windermere

Wed 9 Oct - Wed 13 Nov 2019

Join us for this weekly event for under 5s inspired by the museum collections.

downton

Downton Abbey

Keswick

Thu 17 Oct 2019

The worldwide phenomenon DOWNTON ABBEY, comes to the big screen

Discover Poetry

Discover Poetry

Grasmere

Thu 17 Oct 2019

Enjoy some poetry and a cup of tea by the fire with Grasmere poet Polly Atkin.

David Ford

David Ford

Kendal

Thu 17 Oct 2019

Masterful songwriting, powerful live performances and utter distaste for self-promotion. With support from Abe Partridge.

abominable

Abominable

Keswick

Fri 18 - Thu 31 Oct 2019

A quest to reunite magical creature Everest with his family on the top of the world

Colour and Light

Colour and Light

Kendal

Fri 18 Oct 2019 - Wed 1 Jan 2020

Colour and Light: The Art and Influence of the Scottish Colourists

Judy

JUDY

Keswick

Fri 18 - Thu 31 Oct 2019

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Ullswater

Fri 18 - Sun 20 Oct 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, ceramics, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge.

Langdale Octoberfest 2019

Langdale Octoberfest 2019

Ambleside

Fri 18 - Sun 20 Oct 2019

Following the success of last year’s festival, Octoberfest is back at Sticklebarn, and it’s bigger and better! From Friday 18 til Sunday 20 October 2019, we’ll be celebrating traditional Cumbrian Heritage from Friday-Sunday

Dub Pistols

Dub Pistols

Kendal

Fri 18 Oct 2019

A riotous collision of drum & bass, hip-hop, ska, dub and punk. One of the most exhilarating live bands on the circuit.

BOOK TICKETS

Book tickets online to a great selection of Lake District attractions, adventure activities and family fun days out. Book easily and securely with Golakes, your trusted local tourist board.

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